Renowned lodging analyst Bjorn Hanson
is retiring from his position as global industry leader,
hospitality and leisure, for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Beginning in
the fall, Hanson will join the full-time faculty of New York
University’s Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports
Management, where he has guest lectured for the past 16 years. In
making his announcement, Hanson said, “I have now reached the age
the nice way of describing it when there is no longer a discount
for early retirement and am able to pursue my other career passion:
education.” Hanson joined PWC in 1990 and founded the firm’s
hospitality and leisure practice.
Regent Hotels & Resorts is
terminating its agreement to manage a new 150-room luxury hotel at
Battery Wharf in Boston that had been scheduled to open this
summer. "Philosophical differences on strategies for the project
emerged which [Battery Wharf developer] RBW and Regent have been
unable to resolve," Regent said in a statement. The owners are
searching for a new hotel company to take on the property, which
has 6,200 square feet of meeting space, an 18,000-square-foot spa
and a restaurant from chef Guy Martin.
The 76-room Heritage Hotel in St.
Petersburg, Fla., will be converted to the Hotel Indigo St.
Petersburg Downtown-North in early 2009. A $3 million renovation
will add a casual gourmet restaurant, Phi; a fitness center; a
24-hour business center; an outdoor pool, and 3,200 square feet of
Le Meridien is continuing to expand
into Asia. Le Meridien Taipei, the brand's first property in
Taiwan, will open in 2011 in the city's central business district
and will feature 161 rooms and 17,000 square feet of meeting space.
The 345-room Le Meridien Xiamen, scheduled to open in 2008, will
have 24,000 square feet of meeting space. Le Meridien also has five
properties planned for Thailand, the first of which will debut in
A 226-room Aloft hotel is planned for
Las Vegas, two blocks east of the Strip. Local development firm
LaPour expects to break ground on the project in the second quarter
of this year and is projecting an opening in the third quarter of
2009. LaPour also is working with Starwood to open the 123-room
Element Las Vegas Summerlin, adjacent to the Nevada Cancer
Institute in the master-planned Summerlin community. The property
is slated to open in November of this year.
Part of a $180 million renovation, the new Ritz-Carlton Spa at the
463-room Ritz-Carlton Kapalua in Maui, Hawaii, opened Monday. The
facility features 15 treatment rooms that offer traditional,
Hawaiian-inspired therapies, as well as private outdoor shower
gardens, couples cabanas, steam rooms, saunas and whirlpools.
The Dallas Morning News
reported yesterday that the City Council will enter into exclusive
negotiations with local development firm Matthews Southwest to
build a convention center hotel. Ron Natinsky, chairman of the
council's economic development committee, told the paper that the
firm "provided us with a proposal that best addresses the
guidelines we've given them." Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway
added, "Their proposal offered a lot of excitement -- more than
just a hotel. There's retail, entertainment, everything."